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Apr 15, 2013

Millwall support FA investigation

Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler has met with the Football Association in a bid to ensure the violence that marred Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat does not happen again.

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The Lions lost 2-0 to Wigan at Wembley but the game was overshadowed by scenes of fighting between Millwall fans. Arrests were made on the day but Ambler is adamant that the club are doing everything in their power to stop a repeat occurring.

On Monday, Ambler told Sky Sports News: "I went to see (FA general secretary) Alex Horne and (FA chairman) David Bernstein this morning because we wanted them to know we had been working away here at the club on Sunday and continuing today and that we were throwing all the support and weight we had behind the investigation.

"The FA understands all the work that we have been doing and that we are not resting on our laurels. We have a lot of work to do and it was a case of getting through to them that we will work alongside them and the police to ensure we deal with this in the appropriate way.

"We want to make sure this cannot happen again at any of our games going forward."

The violence broke out among a minority of people in the Millwall end at Wembley and Ambler claimed that the club had been contacted by a number of fans keen to help identify those involved.

"We've had a lot of help from our fans," he added. "They are as horrified as everyone else and it is good that they are coming forward.

"We've got a lot of bridges to rebuild. We've come a long way in the last few years and we need to continue moving this club forward.

"We use the word family at Millwall and we believe we are and we include our fans in that. These scenes were horrible but they were a minority of the 32,000. The vast majority behaved in the right way.

"There are a lot of people getting in touch today to sympathise with us and tell us to keep going."

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